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George Michael Portrait Illustration

George Michael - Faith

As with my previous portrait pencil illustrations, Kate Bush, Hannibal Lectar and Elvis Presely, this one of George Michael was copied from a photo, in this case, a record sleeve (yes, not CD, a record) from the "Faith" album.

I loved the general moodiness and darkness of this portrait, but translating that level of darkness and shadow into pencil can sometime be a bit tricky. The challenging part of this illustration was the eye area. Creating it so that you could imagine the eye being in there, and allowing the mind to actually see it, when it's not actually there. I know it should be there obviously, because that is where eye's usually go, but in terms of filling in the pieces.

George Michael CD Cover

So the surrounding features had to be reproduced almost 'identically' to the photo to pull it off. I did have to go through more than several tries to get it looking right. Patience as always is somewhat of a virtue when drawing.

As with the other illustrations, a combination of charcoal, Indian ink and the full range of pencil weights were used to pull this one off.

Some TLC

As with all my original drawings, many have seen better days.There has been a slight use of Photoshop in this version. As these were drawn some years ago, the original sheets have become slightly soiled, the odd crease and pencil marks being worn away. Not to mention light fade. So a high resolution scan then some retouching to bring it back to close to how it originally looked before the soft 'B' pencil marks were rubbed and faded away. I have really boosted the shadow areas in this version, but the pencil marks in the mid-tones and highlight areas still very much visible.


Elvis Presley Portrait Illustration

A lost art

I really enjoyed doing these portraits, especially this Elvis Presley Portrait, something about it was so relaxing and mellow.

Sadly I don't seem to be able to have the time on my hands to really sit down and spend the hours it would take me to complete my illustrations.

People often mentioned I should take my skills to the street.

A little bit in practical in reality. I have the utmost respect for these street artists, especially the portrait ones who can do them in a fraction of the time I can do mine.

Elvis Presley

As with the Hannibal Lecter Portrait, Elvis was copied from a photograph. In fact, in this case, it was taken from a Best of Elvis compilation double album. Boy, I loved listening to this album when I was in my teen's, rock on.

I loved the pose for this particular cover shot of Elvis Presley's Portrait, seemed to be the right mix of attitude. I didn't want anything cheesy, smiley just Elvis gazing off into the distance. Also loved the 'almost frown' going on here, and the eye's just slightly in shadow.

Turned out really well, well, I was pleased anyway. As with most of my drawings, I could not tell you how long exactly it took, but many hours, certainly around the 20 hour mark.

Some TLC

There has been a slight use of Photoshop in this version. As these were drawn some years ago, the original sheets have become slightly soiled, the odd crease and pencil marks being worn away. Not to mention light fade.

So a high resolution scan then some retouching to bring it back to close to how it originally looked before the soft 'B' pencil marks were rubbed and faded away. I have really boosted the shadow areas in this version, but the pencil marks in the mid-tones and highlight areas still very much visible.


From my Illustration Portfolio - Hannibal Lecter Portrait


A lost art

Sadly I don't seem to be able to have the time on my hands to really sit down and spend the hours it would take me to complete my illustrations.

This one is one of my favourites and must of took 20 hours or so. Not that I was counting, but I would obsess over detail and quite often get so far, erased too much and too often and would start over again. All until I was happy in myself that it resembled a face and not some horrid warped mistake.

If I had a penny for every time someone suggested I should take this into the street and offer the street portraits, I would be rather well off. Fact is, I was just slow. No way could I create anything remotely decent in the time these portraits artists knock out their unique art.

Hannibal Lecture

This was copied from a poster and I would just get my pad, lay down on my bed with the original propped up against the wall and start sketching. Not the ideal bodily position I'm sure, but it worked for me. I did try desks, art tables, but the more natural laying down position seemed to be more helpful and comfortable.

The eyes certainly came out a little larger than intended, but I was more than happy to let that go as for me, it sort of added to the potential terror that Hannibal oozed. Those big evil eyes just boring dark endless shafts into your soul.

Some TLC

There has been a slight use of Photoshop in this version. As these were drawn some years ago, the original sheets have become slightly soiled, the odd crease and pencil marks being worn away. Not to mention light fade. So a high resolution scan then some retouching to bring it back to close to how it originally looked before the soft 'B' pencil marks were rubbed and faded away. I have really boosted the shadow areas in this version, but the pencil marks in the mid-tones and highlight areas still very much visible.


Just a head's up for any of those into illustrative portraits. I have done a few in my years and have just not got round to adding them to this site.

If you go to Portfolio and then Illustrations you will see my collection thus far, still a few more to add but it's a good start.

I was never very good at anything other than precise reproductions inpencil and if I was feeling brave, then maybe Indian Ink and Charcoal.

I have not done any in some years, as they just take far too long. But seeing them again, I am feeling it would be good to have another go.